BOYS HOOPS: Dragons close strong in win

Warren closed the third quarter on a 20-0 run, turning a four-point deficit into a 16-point lead during a 66-51 victory over Harbor Creek Friday at Warren Area High School.

The Dragons struggled in the first half, mainly on defense, and trailed by two points at halftime of the team’s Region 6 opener. The second quarter was particularly troubling to veteran head coach Jeff Berdine.

“We gave up 26 points in the second quarter. That’s just unacceptable,” he said. “That’s what I’m most upset about. It’s not like we weren’t giving a good effort. Our focus just wasn’t there. I thought we came out in the third quarter and corrected a lot of the mistakes we were making in the first half and it showed on the scoreboard.”

The visiting Huskies played well in the opening moments of the third quarter, leading 38-34 with nearly six minutes remaining in the period. From there, the third quarter belonged to the Dragons (6-1).

Two quick buckets from Mark Davis – his first points of the night – tied the game and a jumper by Collin Fantaskey put Warren ahead to stay. Tanner Stanz and Austin Jerman soon would add quick layups off of defensive steals and the rout was on.

Before the buzzer sounded to end the third, Warren had clicked off 20 straight points and turned a 38-34 deficit into a 54-38 advantage.

The teams traded buckets for much of the fourth quarter, but the Warren lead was never seriously challenged. Harbor Creek could get no closer than 11 points during the final eight minutes.

Jerman and Matt Sandberg paced a balanced Warren attack with 15 points apiece. Stanz added 12 points and Davis finished with 10. Davis added eight boards and four blocks, Fantaskey five steals and five rebounds, Sandberg six rebounds and five assists, Jerman eight rebounds and Stanz four assists.

Warren won a physical junior varsity contest, 54-40. Scott Vasilisin led the winners with 14 points while Austin Schwanke and Ryan Gustafson poured in 10 points each.

The Dragons will try to start the region season 2-0 Monday when it hosts a powerful Girard club.

HARBOR CREEK (51): Staropiewicz 2 0-0 5, Zoltowski 6 6-7 19, Mazur 2 0-0 5, Z. Mattson 6 0-0 12, Whitcomb 5 0-0 10, Totals: 21 6-7 51

WARREN (66): Grayson Foley 0 0-0 0, Austin Jerman 4 7-11 15, Matt Sandberg 4 3-6 15, Collin Fantaskey 3 0-0 6, Tanner Stanz 5 1-1 12, Jacoby Passmore 3 0-2 6, Jack Daley 1 0-0 2, Phil Hachula 0 0-0 0, Mark Davis 4 2-3 10, Andrew Hammersley 0 0-0 0, Totals: 24 13-23 66

Harbor Creek 8 26 4 13 – 51

Warren 10 22 22 12 – 66

3-pointers: H- Straopiewicz, Zoltowski, Mazur; W- Sandberg 4, Stanz

Junior varsity game

HARBOR CREEK (40): Bruno 1 1-2 4, Kuschack 3 0-2 6, G. Mattson 3 0-0 7, Harayda 5 2-3 15, Kwan 3 2-6 8, Totals: 15 5-13 40

WARREN (54): Nathan Sandberg 1 1-2 4, Austin Schwanke 4 2-2 10, Ryan Gustafson 4 0-0 10, John White 1 0-0 2, Max Gross 0 0-0 0, Scott Vasilisin 3 5-6 14, Kyle Kulka 1 0-4 2, Matt Hultquist 3 2-4 8, Jason Tipton 0 0-0 0, Justin Wright 1 1-2 3, Sam Lindquist 0 1-2 1, Totals: 18 12-22 54

Harbor Creek 8 7 6 19 – 40

Warren 16 6 11 19 – 54

3-pointers: H- G. Mattson, Harayda 3; W- N. Sandberg, Gustafson 2, Vasilisin 3

Elk County 65, Sheffield 52

The Sheffield Wolverines went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in District 9 Friday night, but came up short against visiting Elk County Catholic, 65-52.

A slow start doomed the Wolverines as the Crusaders jumped out to a 21-7 advantage in the first quarter.

“We came out slow and sloppy,” said Sheffield coach Todd Fitch. “They outhustled us the first 28 minutes. But I have to give the kids credit, they could have folded, but they played hard and brought it back within 10 in the last four minutes. That’s the team I know we have.”

The Wolverines were led offensively by a pair of seniors, Dylan McNeal and Shequan Wright. McNeal finished with 13 points and Wright was close behind with 12.

The AML North schedule doesn’t get any easier for Sheffield (5-7), as they travel to Ridgway Wednesday for a showdown with the defending league champion Elkers.

ELK COUNTY (65): Houster 5 7-9 20, Malone 1 1-2 3, Schlimm 2 2-2 7, McCullough 4 2-2 10, Workman 1 2-4 5, Huff 3 10-12 16, Cappulio 1 0-0 2, Meyer 1 0-2 2, Total 18 24-33 65.

SHEFFIELD (52): Dylan Reynolds 2 0-0 5, Brendan Winslow 3 0-3 7, Shequan Wright 5 1-2 12, Dylan McNeal 4 2-3 13, Tyler Fitzgerald 1 0-1 2, Chris Pedersen 1 2-2 4, Adam Higby 0 0-0 0, Jimmy Vile 0 0-0 0, Brandon Kipp 3 0-0 6, Nic Confer 1 1-1 3, Totals 20 6-11 52.

Elk County 21 11 18 15 – 65

Sheffield 7 12 11 22 – 52

3-pointers: E – Houster 3, Schlimm, Workman; S – Winslow, McNeal 2.

Junior varsity game

ELK COUNTY (38): Strubile 0 2-2 2, Hersing 1 0-0 3, Smith 4 3-3 11, Dibbold 2 3-3 7, Singer 3 0-0 6, Seeley 3 1-2 7, Tamburun 1 0-0 2, Totals 14 9-10 38.

SHEFFIELD (30): Travis Peterson 1 0-0 2, Nic Confer 5 1-4 11, Brandon Kipp 1 0-0 2, Jimmy Vile 4 1-2 9, Adam Higby 3 0-0 6, Totals 14 2-6 30.

Elk County 9 12 8 9 – 38

Sheffield 8 9 5 8 – 30

3-pointers: E – Hersing; S – none.